Keith Richards releases a stomping cover of 'I'm Waiting For The Man' in honour of Lou Reed's birthday

4 March 2024, 12:44

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By Mayer Nissim

Keith Richards marks what would have been Lou Reed's 82nd birthday.

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Lou Reed died just over a decade ago, but his influence on the world of rock 'n' roll remains undimmed.

The life and work of the Velvet Underground main man and solo superstar has been celebrated in the new covers album The Power of the Heart: A Tribute to Lou Reed.

Alongside the likes of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Rufus Wainwright, Lucinda Williams, Maxim Ludwig & Angel Olsen, Rickie Lee Jones, Mary Gauthier, Bobby Rush, Automatic, The Afghan Whigs, and Rosanne Cash is The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

Keith has recorded a stomping version of The Velvet Underground's classic 'I'm Waiting For The Man', and to mark what would have been Lou's 82nd birthday this month, he's unveiled an excellent black and white music video.

“To me, Lou stood out. The real deal! Something important to American music and to ALL MUSIC! I miss him and his dog," said Keith.

Keith Richards - I'm Waiting For The Man (Lou Reed Cover) (Official Video)

As well as streaming and download, The Power of the Heart: A Tribute to Lou Reed will be released on vinyl and CD via Light in the Attic Records on Record Store Day on April 20.

"The Power of the Heart is a tribute to Reed’s freedom of expression with covers spanning his groundbreaking years with the Velvets into his majestic solo career," reads the blurb.

"Each track is a glorious extension of the Rock ’n’ Roll Animal’s soul, ever adventurous and avant-garde."